According to NPR, the beef was sold to wholesalers in packages labeled "Grnd Beef Fine 85/15" for further processing. Even if stores took the meat and repackaged it in different containers for their customers, contaminated packages should still bear the establishment number "EST. 9400," and a use-by date of May 25. (Check your freezer!) So far investigators are looking at 33 sick patients on the East Coast, primarily in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
Does this all sound very familiar? That's because last year Cargill recalled 36 million pounds of ground turkey (yes, million) because of Salmonella contamination, followed by 185,000 pounds a month later. But as NPR notes, it's not just food recalls that have increased:
Recalls on all consumer products, including drugs, medical devices, and food, increased 14 percent between 2007 and 2010, according to data from the Department of Agriculture and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. USA Today reported last month that there were 1,460 recalls in 2007. By 2010, that number jumped to 2,081. Last year, consumers were hit with 2,363 recalls - or about 6.5 a day.
Unfortunately, this shouldn't be something we ever have to worry about, but to stay on top of the recall situation, you can go to www.recalls.gov. You can also sign up for FSIS' Twitter alerts by location. (Scroll to the bottom of that page and click on your state to sign up.)
Read More: Cargill Warns Of Salmonella-Tainted Ground Beef In Latest Recall at NPR